Ontopic Mission to Uranus

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What I don't understand is how NASA couldn't theorize that the wind would blow the dust off those things. I'm shocked they didn't model the atmospheric conditions (accurately).
 

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What I don't understand is how NASA couldn't theorize that the wind would blow the dust off those things. I'm shocked they didn't model the atmospheric conditions (accurately).
I expect their estimates are based on a worst case scenario, which is why they planned everything to take place during the first 90 days.
 

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Fairly sure they did predict it would happen, but that little guy went 60 times past his original mission time. Even a best case was probably a year.

I would hope that with the next models they design panels that could rotate in such a way that dust wouldn't accumulate, but some will still do so from the static generated by the dust storms.

Even that idea has problems though.
 

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Fairly sure they did predict it would happen, but that little guy went 60 times past his original mission time. Even a best case was probably a year.

I would hope that with the next models they design panels that could rotate in such a way that dust wouldn't accumulate, but some will still do so from the static generated by the dust storms.

Even that idea has problems though.
Given the size trend, I think they'll probably stick with the RTG for the next few.